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April 2001

 


PRESIDENT BUSH HELPS DEDICATE NEW
POPE JOHN PAUL II CULTURAL CENTER

 
President Bush joins Cardinal Adam Maida at a ribbon-cutting ceremony
March 22 in Washington, D.C.
 


Fight Moves to House of Representatives

U.S. Senate Passes McCain-Feingold Bill to Restrict Free Speech, 59-41

 

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Free speech champion

 Sen. John McCain (R-Az.)Sponsor of McCain-Feingold bill

WASHINGTON (April 4) - - A bill to place unprecedented restrictions on free speech has been approved by the U.S. Senate and will be debated this summer in the House of Representatives.
The McCain-Feingold "campaign finance reform" bill (S. 27) passed the Senate on April 2 by a vote of 59 to 41.
The bill is sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-Az.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wi.). It passed over objections from the NRLC, the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, and numerous other organizations that work to keep citizens informed about what members of Congress are doing in Washington.


Vote Expected April 25 or 26

U.S. House to Vote on Bill to Recognize Unborn Children As Crime Victims

MORE ON McCAIN-FEINGOLD - - Pro-life Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Ne.), seen here on the left, debates McCain-Feingold with Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wi.), on NBC's Meet the Press March 25. (See page 33, for Senate roll call vote.)

WASHINGTON (April 4) - - The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote April 25 or 26 on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, an NRLC-backed bill that would legally recognize unborn children as victims when they are injured or killed during the commission of federal crimes of violence.
Pro-life forces expect a very close vote on a substitute bill, backed by pro-abortion groups, that would increase punishments for federal crimes in which a woman's "pregnancy" is interfered with, but which would also enact into law the doctrine that the pregnant woman is the only victim in such a crime.

Action Request:
U.S. House of Representatives to Vote April 25 or 26 on
the Unborn Victims of Violence Act


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From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

ASK YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO VOTE FOR THE UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT

Under current federal law, an individual who commits a federal crime of violence against a pregnant woman receives no additional punishment for killing or injuring the woman's unborn child during the commission of that crime. Therefore, except in those States that recognize unborn children as victims of such crimes, injuring or killing an unborn child during commission of a violent crime has no legal consequence whatsoever.
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act was designed to address this deficiency in the law by providing that an individual who injures or kills an unborn child during the commission of certain predefined violent federal crimes may be punished for a separate offense.
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act would enable prosecutors to bring to justice criminals like these: Reginald Anthony Falice, who on April 28, 1998, shot his eight-months-pregnant wife, Ruth Carlson, five times as she sat at a red light in Charlotte, North Carolina. Falice was convicted by a federal jury for interstate domestic violence and using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, but because federal law does not currently recognize the unborn as victims, he received no additional punishment for killing the near-term infant.
Or the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in New York, killing Monica Smith, a pregnant secretary, and her unborn child. Jurors at one trial were told of the harm inflicted upon Ms. Smith's unborn child, but no additional punishment is provided under federal law for the child's death.

--Former Congressman Charles T. Canady,
introducing hearings on the proposed law on July 21, 1999



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